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Numerical Russian Dolls.

Numerical Russian Dolls can be viewed as the numerical equivalent of Words in Words. The latter include ME inside COT in coMEt, RACE inside TRY in tRACEry and PEAK inside SING in sPEAKing. One word is surrounded by another, the latter being formed by bringing together letters from the beginning and end of the parent word.

In the numerical version, the numerical total of a letter/group of letters inside the parent is equal to the numerical total of letters from the beginning and end of the parent word.

Thus in MATURED T + U = 41, and M+A+R+E+D also = 41. MATURED is listed under 41 below.

Words shown in bold offer more than one solution.

Most of the words can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Ed. and/or in Websters 2nd Ed.

2 ABA 3 BABA 4 CAABA 5 DADA 6 BEAD 7 ABBED 8 CAGE 9 EBBED 10 FEED 11 AKEE EACHE 12 CAKED JAFFA 13 DALI HIDE 14 LAMB ADEEM 15 JANE ALBAN 16 ALDO HIGH 17 CHIN PLEA 18 CRACK DEEMED or DEEMED 19 ASIDE ABLER FARM BODICE 20 ITCH LASH BACKER PANED \PANDA 21 GUN BIERCE STAB CAMBER 22 HIVE GUANA COGS GIMBAL LARDED 23 JAWL RAVE LINK HERO ALKALI 24 FIXED EASER SLICE LAVAL FILLED 25 KEYED TEASE FALLS DETACHED 26 HAZEL AIOUEA GILES HATER 27 CIRCLED GENEVA HAFTS SEARCH 28 MARIO RHOMB CANNES 29 PHONE HITACHI CHUGS AMPERE 30 BLOOP LAXER KINGS GINGER 31 GERMS HIVER LOPS BIZET MINCER 32 JAWING HOPPED MINIS NEVER 33 RONDO RACOON JENNER CORONA or CORONA 34 RUMP COSHER TENON CLONES 35 ATONABLE JUNKIE PANTS OCELOT 36 FLOUR BAPTISE MARRIAGE RIVER 37 MOVES PUPIL LIKELY SAILOR 38 ASSEMBLE TETHER SEDUCES SPECIE S39 TARTAR or TARTAR SANEST THEFTS THIRDS 40 DUSKY NATTY LOUDENED TITBIT 41 MATURED CRYPT BOOZES JUTLAND 42 DOWSER MUTATED MISERABLE 43 MINTING or MINTING or MINTING YAWNER YEARNER RECTIFY 44 YORKS LECTURED SOLELY SMOKEY 45 SCULLER SAUCILY VILIFIER TENDENCY 46 CLAYMORE DRAGONISE UNCANNY 47 SIXERS DESECTION VEILEDLY 48 ENTHUSED CONSIDERED SUNFISH 49 OUTHAUL EFFUSCION SACRIFICING 50 SWIRLS SHREWDER YEVERY 51 SWISHES POSHEST WINNERS ROUGHIES 52 NUZZLE ROMANIANS WILDEBEEST

As the numerical totals get progressively larger, examples can be found in which the inner number total, in particular, can be achieved by arranging the same letters* in different ways,

letters*
 46 IRS   HEIRS
 HIP MISR
EADER TAMARIS
K COARSI
SH
         GUIDSIR
E
   OOP   POOP
ING BRACHIOPO
DA SPOO
NAGE
   LOS   ENCLOS
ES WILSO
N POLS
TEAD (UK) CROSL
ET
         DISLO
CATED MESOL
INE
47 NOR   SNOR
KEL UNRO
BES DEMONR
Y DEHORN
ING
         GURNO
S (UK) FRON
DLET
   IRT   KIRT
LES CITR
YNE IRRIT
ABLE CERTI
FIES
         RETIR
ES PATRI
ARCH
   ISS   MISS
HAPED FANTASIS
E CLASSI
FY
48 IST   REALIST
IC GAITS
KELL PARASIT
IC ESTI
MATED
         MANTIS
SA
   GINR  GANGRIN
ATE STRING
ED OFHINGR
OD
   OOR   FLOOR
ING SPORO
ID ENROO
TED
49 LPU   NAIL-PU
NCH ILLUP
IS REPLU
NGE STIPUL
A
         PULP
IFIED SCRUPL
ED
   OPR   GALLOPR
AKE SCORP
IDIDA EXPOR
T IMPRO
VE
         ATROP
INE AIR-PO
CKET
   NOT   DINOT
HERE CHANTO
RS PRONT
O INTON
ATE
   ISU   INCISU
RE GIUS
EPPE CHESIU
NS ISSUI
NG
         GUIS
ERS PARAGEUSI
A
50 NOU   HONOU
RED SINUO
PE A (genus of Gastropod) HONU
RES
         TROUN
CED JEJUNO
CAECAL
  OOT    SHOOT
ER PHOTO
NIC TATTOO
ED
51 OPT   HOOP-T
REE SHOT-P
EEN DASH-POT
S CHAPTO
UR
         BLASTOP
HAGA MAST-PO
ND
52 LSU   DELUS
TRE UNSLU
ICE INSUL
TED PULS
IVE
         GOUSL
ING
   MRU   IMMUR
ING THERMU
S (genus of bacteria) SCRUM
MAGED
         SURM
ISE 


So far, we have looked at parent words which hold an inside letter/group of letters which has the same numerical total as that formed by bringing together letters from the beginning and end of the word. It is however possible to progress to a higher level. Consider the word HUMMER (listed under 26 below) with its numerical total of 78. This is made up of M + M = 26 inside U + E = 26 inside H + R = 26. Here are more such triples:

8 CACHED 9 DEIDE 10 AIAIAI 11 CAECHEDD 12 BEAGLED 13 CABBAGEHEAD 14 DEFENCE 15 BIGHEADED 16 DECAPOD 17 PHOBIA 18 MCBRIDE 19 ANISEED 20 PANTED 21 CLUBBER 22 DELVER 23 SAW-BACKED 24 SALT-CAKE 25 TRUDGE 26 HUMMER 27 SANDWICH 28 PHRASIAL 29 INELEGANT 30 LAMPMAKER 31 LABELLINGS 32 MECHANISES 33 ISOTHERE 34 PERFUMER 35 PREJUDGES 36 QUARRIES 37 LEONINELY 38 STORERS 39 STATEMENT 40 UNGULATES 41 PREMAMMARY 42 UNSMELLING 43 MERCURATING 44 SOLIDARITY 45 SELF-REVEALING 46 UNTENDERLY 47 VORTICITY 48 WOUNDINGLY 49 IMPERVIOUS 50 TONGUE-WAGGING 51 OVERSTRIDDEN 52 SUBDIVISIONAL

Finally, some Russian Dolls are special in that they are also Words in Words. In the word WISE, not only does W + E = 28 = I + S, but WE and IS are words in their own right. Here are others of the genre:

13 HALE 14 MAIDA 15 FANED 16 CHAGAL 17 APACHE 18 DEEMED 19 ADOLF 20 ABIDES 21 BODICED 22 CAHIER 23 NODDED 24 ADIOS 25 SEPIA 26 FORAGE 27 FLOAT 28 DENISE 29 TONED 30 RECLANG 31 HOLDER 32 SCRIBAL 33 OTHER 34 SUMO 35 BARTON 36 BACKLESS 37 HELIPADS 38 SOLATED 39 TASSAR 40 SALIENT 41 CARPETS 42 BUCOLICS 43 MINTING 44 SPRAYED 45 TEALEAVES 46 REWINDS 47 DECINORMAL 48 REROOFS 49 SWAYING 50 HOWLERS 51 POSHEST 52 RURALITE

Above, the numerical total of letter groups has been limited to 52. This is partly arbitrary and partly because 52 is the highest number which can be represented by just two letters, specifically ZZ. There is no other reason not to proceed beyond 52 as, indeed, is demonstrated by ROTHSCHILD 58.

SUSAN THORPE

Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England

thorpeds@hotmail.com
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Date:May 1, 2014
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